New Delhi, Oct 7: What deserved note amidst all the social taboos and debate was the quiet composure with which Hema Malini and Dharmendra received the brickbats and bouquets. She continued with her career and successfully balanced home and career as a wife and mother when her daughters Esha and Ahana were born.
If the comments and brickbats reared their heads off and on, she handled them with her quiet dignity. More than anything else she reacted upfront and gave fearless answers to prying questions about the legitimacy of her marriage and Dharmendra’s split responsibility towards both the women that mattered in his life.
“I don’t expect Dharamji to give me his strong shoulder to cry on if I have to handle a personal or professional issue. He has his own responsibilities and challenges. As women we are blessed with more strength and practical wisdom and we just have to summon it when the need arises”, she remarked to me once when I jokingly asked her how she dealt with her teenaged daughters’ growing up vagaries.
“There are countless women in our country who manage beautifully as parents and take right decisions. It is entirely up to an individual to live her life with dignity and values that are naturally passed on to the offsprings”, she remarked.
That conversation came up a long time ago when Esha was stepping out into the film world and it sums up her success in everything she sets out to do. Today she isn't just Hema Malini the super star that has had the longest innings as a box office star. She is a political celebrity as well. Her stance hasn't changed in her personal and public life.